5 items from 2016
Fox’s treatment of Marvel properties is unacceptable. There, I’ve established how I feel. Now, let’s run down why it’s so exciting that one day we may see them work with Marvel in a capacity similar to Sony. To put it bluntly, it feels like Fox is just in it for the money. I’m aware of how capitalism works, but the difference between someone who cares about what they are doing and someone rifling through your pockets is glaringly obvious. Many of you will disagree, but let’s take a peek back in time. We’ll begin with X-Men.
In 2000, a time before Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, X-Men was a triumph. Not many people cared about the fact that Hugh Jackman looked nothing like the comic book version of Wolverine. It was just cool to see a man with claws tearing through stuff. But, »
- Tyler Richardson
Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...Why Him? That's the question the poster for this upcoming comedy asks, which arrives along with the first hilarious trailer for the Holiday release. James Franco goes breaking dad on Bryan Cranston in this first look preview, and apparently, it's not going to go well for either one of them.
Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry, and Ned's panic level, escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Not only do we get »
At this point in its run, the X-Men franchise must be imbibing a little of Wolverine's healing factor.
These movies have been a fixture since the original "X-Men" exploded onto the scene in 2000. They've weathered every misstep and survived the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers. And now "X-Men: Apocalypse" is here to introduce a whole new wave of mutant heroes and the biggest, baddest X-Men villain of them all.
To celebrate this big release, we're looking back at the five core "X-Men" movies released so far and explore some of the interesting trivia and hidden cameos you might not know about.
1. Hugh Jackman wasn't the first choice to play Wolverine. Actor Dougray Scott was originally cast in the role, but he dropped out because of a conflict with the filming of "Mission: Impossible II." We imagine he regretted that decision later.
2. Joss Whedon penned a rewrite of the screenplay. »
- Jesse Schedeen
If you’ve seen one cinematic apocalypse, you’ve seen them all. At least that’s the feeling conjured by “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the latest entry in one of the more reliable comic-book franchises around, this time disappointingly succumbing to an exhausting case of been-there-done-that-itis.
Director Bryan Singer pioneered the contemporary wave of superhero movies with 2000’s “X-Men,” and made a welcome return to the series just two years ago with the time-jumping “Days of Future Past.” Perhaps he should’ve quit while he was ahead. Even though “Apocalypse” hardly reps the franchise nadir (an in-joke midway through this ’80s-set pic throws deserved shade at Brett Ratner’s woeful “X-Men: The Last Stand” as one character exits “Return of the Jedi” and laments “the third one’s always the worst”), this is easily the least compelling, surprising and satisfying of Singer’s entries.
While the best “X-Men” movies are defined by their keen intelligence, »
- Geoff Berkshire
2016 is going to be a bitchin’ year for science fiction and fantasy television shows. Not only for new shows hitting your screen but returning favorites! Here are some of our favorites that we are looking forward to over the next twelve months:
Mid Season Premieres:
“iZombie” (January 12, The CW)
Our darling but reluctant zombie Liv has broken up with Major for what feels like the billionth time (poor Major amiright?), the mob boss and Max Rager company are still on the loose, and the zombie cure is pretty much dead (get it??). Things aren’t looking good for our protags.
“The Walking Dead” (February 14, AMC)
The zombie horde is in Alexandria and the town that could have been home is about to be destroyed (Again). Guess who is about to come to make an entrance? Highly anticipated villain of the comic book series, Negan, it scheduled make his appearance in »
- Sarah Sommer
5 items from 2016
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